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One of the state's top athletes in the class of 2012 is entertaining offers from both Clemson and South Carolina.

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Silver Bluff High School junior quarterback/cornerback Cordrea Tankersley is also receiving interest from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Nebraska, Florida, Alabama and Auburn. He currently claims no favorites.

"I haven't been visiting anybody the past couple of weeks. I've had baseball games for the last couple weekends," Tankersley told "The last time I went on a visit, I went to Carolina, around the middle of February."

Tankersley last visited Clemson for the Tigers' January Junior Day of the year—the same day as the Florida State basketball game.

"They took us on a tour all over the campus," he said. "They showed us the locker room. They showed us the freshmen dorms. They did a lot of other stuff. It was pretty good."

Recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott, defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison, defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks and director of player relations and external affairs Jeff Davis all spoke to Tankersley.

"There was a lot that stood out about that day," Tankersley said. "They show you a lot."

Clemson is currently recruiting him as a defensive back or wide receiver.

Is there a preference for one position over another?

"It really would matter, but offensive side, wide receiver," he said.

As for the visit to Columbia?

"I went up there to take some pictures for Tom Lemming and then we headed over to the junior day for Carolina," Tankersley said. "It was pretty good. I got to meet with some of the coaches."

What stood out the most about it?

"The new facilities that they're trying to build up for the 2012 class."

Defensive line coach Brad Lawing serves as the primary recruiter for South Carolina. The Gamecocks are recruiting him as an athlete, too, but Tankersley said it's most likely as a wide receiver.

As a junior, he rushed for 1,580 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also threw for 900 yards and three touchdowns.

During his sophomore season, Tankersley rushed for 680 yards and 15 touchdowns, plus 12 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 36 tackles and an interception.

Tankersley is also a track athlete and he runs the 100-meter, 200 and 4x100. He's receiving interest from Georgia, Harvard and Akron and would like to run track and play football at the next level. Top Stories